The museum uses coffee to share a lesser-known side of St Louis history.
The Missouri History Museum, located in St. Louis, has been a great educational resource since it was founded in 1913. It has grown and changed over the years, but it continues to educate and impress its visitors. Its newest exhibit, "Coffee: The World in Your Cup and St. Louis in Your Cup," details the history of coffee in St. Louis and around the world. The exhibit runs from October 3, 2015, to January 3, 2016, and it spans across 6,000 square feet.
Most of the exhibit teaches visitors about St. Louis' 200-year relationship with coffee, exploring the path that once made St. Louis this nation's leader in coffee production. Fascinating information is delivered in the form of images, artifacts, videos and maps that have been carefully curated by the museum's staff. The rest of the exhibit is on loan from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, Washington. The traveling portion of the exhibit focuses on the journey of coffee all around the world as it is grown, harvested and eventually turned into the delicious beverage that signals the beginning of a new day.
Coffee may be a great way to start the morning, but it is also a commodity that has been bought and sold for centuries. As this plant exchanged hands, it began to have a powerful impact on economies, cultures and even the environment. The latest exhibit at the museum chronicles this evolution, so you might think differently about your morning cup of java after visiting.
It can be difficult to enjoy all of Missouri history in just one day, so you may want to find a good place to rest and make a weekend getaway out of it. The Chase Park Plaza is located in downtown St. Louis. Book a stay with us, and you'll be near The Arch, the Magnificent Fox Theater, Powell Symphony Hall and much more.